By Jayson KlepperWWCC Student Intern ROCK SPRINGS, Wy. (May 31, 2022) – Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28 marked the first two races of the season at Sweetwater Speedway and they did not disappoint. The track was as fast as ever even with the rainy weather leading into the races both nights. The crowd was also treated to an impressive car count of over 114 cars with many being first-time racers at the track. With this many racers it was bound to be a special opening weekend, but this was only the beginning of what became some of the best nights of racing this county has ever seen. This weekend of racing was particularly special because it was also the Paul Trent/Rudy Yeager Memorial Race. Paul Trent and Rudy Yeager were essential to Sweetwater Speedway and without all their hard work and dedication, many believe we would not have racing in the county or this great facility. Trent was instrumental in promoting the races throughout the years and drew a lot of attention to [Read More]
ROCK SPRINGS, Wy. (May 24, 2022) – Two of the pillars of dirt track racing in Wyoming will be remembered at Sweetwater Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28 Trent/Yeager Memorial. Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win, a minimum of $50 to start and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility both nights. Entry fee is $75. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars come to town as part of the Western Fender Series. They’ll race for $750 to win, a minimum of $40 to start and B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility both nights. Entry fee is $60. And Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods run for $400 to win and a minimum of $40 to start both nights. Their entry fee is $60. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Shaw Race Cars Western and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern regional, KMJ Performance State and track points will be awarded Competition Carburetion fast lap awards of $100 will be paid in all three divisions on Saturday. Both nights will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Pit [Read More]
ROCK SPRINGS, Wy. (June 18-19) – Chase Hansen found the secret to a good draw and Regan Tafoya finally found his way to victory lane when the IMCA Pitt Stop Motorsports Wild West Tour made its annual visit to Sweetwater Speedway. Hansen simply opted to take the last pill left and won Friday’s IMCA Modified feature after being rewarded with the pole start. Tafoya, whose recent Rock Springs luck has been sketchy at best, got the lead back following a restart with six laps to go in winning the Saturday feature. Both wins paid $1,200 and both drivers were already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidates. The tour ironman, Hansen’s fifth career checkers came in his 120th consecutive start. He led start to finish in a feature that started with a lap one caution and ended green, white, checkered. “I didn’t know how close they were behind me at the end,” said Hansen, 1.157 seconds faster than Cory Sample in the race to the checkers. “The car has been really good the last few weeks. Rock [Read More]
ROCK SPRINGS, Wy. – Frequent destination Sweetwater Speedway is next on the schedule for IMCA’s Pitt Stop Motorsports Wild West Tour. IMCA Modifieds race for a minimum of $1,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods both for at least $750 and also based on car count Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19. Both Modified features are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events and Stock Car feature winners become eligible to qualify for the B & B Chassis All-Star Invitational. The tour has traveled to 16 different tracks in its 119-race history and to none more often than Sweetwater, which hosts its 22nd and 23rd Wild West events this weekend. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, KMJ Performance State and track points will be awarded both nights. Racing starts at 7 p.m. and both race programs will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 60 and over, teens ages 13-17 and active duty military, veterans and National Guard, and free for kids 12 [Read More]
ROCK SPRINGS, Wy. – Sweetwater Speedway’s Rudy Yeager Memorial brings three IMCA divisions to opening night at Rock Springs Friday and Saturday, May 28 and 29. IMCA Modifieds run for $1,000 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying features while IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod features pay $500 to win both nights. Kenny Wallace will drive a Mike Petersilie-owned Modified. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Shaw Race Cars Western and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern regional, KMJ Performance state and track points will be awarded. Both race night programs will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. both days with hot laps at approximately 6:45 p.m. and racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Pit passes are $25. More information about the Rudy Yeager Memorial is available at sweetwaterspeedway.com.
ROCK SPRINGS, Wy. (June 19-20) – A driver making his first-ever tour start and a driver who’s never missed a tour event were weekend IMCA Modified winners at Sweetwater Speedway. Tripp Gaylord topped the Friday night 1st Class Chassis Wild West Tour feature, returning to Rock Springs to redress a runner-up finish on night two of May’s Rudy Yeager Memorial. Chase Hansen was the Saturday winner, collecting his career third checkers, and first since 2014, in his 109th tour start. Both drivers earned $1,200 and saw their names added to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. After starting fifth, Gaylord found the middle line to his liking on Friday. He passed Ricky Alvarado and Braxton Yeager for the lead following a restart and stayed in front to the end of the 30-lapper. “It feels like it’s been years trying to get that big out-of-state win,” said Gaylord, who’d run second to Alvarado in the Yeager Memorial finale. “We knew there would be a lot of good cars there and it turned out to be a very good [Read More]